2023 Kia Forte vs. 2023 Toyota Corolla Comparison

2023 Kia Forte in silver.

Compact sedans offer an attractive combination of low price, practical space and handling that can be more enjoyable than larger cars. The Toyota Corolla 2023 has one of the oldest names in the business. The Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in history because of its longevity. The 2023 Kia Forte challenges it with aggressive styling while also making a compelling financial case for itself.

This comparison should help you decide which one is right for you.

2023 Kia Forte

2023 Kia Forte in silver.

The 2023 Kia Forte is an all-rounder compact sedan that stands out from the crowd with sharp styling. It is one of the few cars still available with a manual transmission, available on its sporty GT trim. It starts at $19,490, plus a mandatory $1,095 destination fee.

Kia Forte Highlights

Lower starting price: The Forte’s starting price is more than $2,000 lower than the Corolla, as are certain trim levels. A higher trim level, Forte GT, starts at over $2,000 under a top-of-the-line Corolla XSE. At this price level, that’s a big saving.

Available 6-speed stick: Most of the auto industry has left the third pedal. Toyota just dropped its manual option for the 2023 model year. Kia understands that some of us prefer to feel that visceral connection with the car and offers the sporty Forte GT with a 6-speed gearbox.

More space for passengers and cargo: The Forte offers more head, leg and shoulder room in the rear seats than the Corolla and nearly 20% more trunk space. The two cars share nearly identical length, width and wheelbase. But with the Forte, you can use a lot more of that space.

Check out this week’s Fair purchase price or view the Forte models for sale near you.

Toyota Corolla 2023

White Toyota Corolla from 2023 near trees

White Toyota Corolla from 2023 near trees

The Toyota Corolla is one of the oldest and most proven cars on the market, with a history of more than 50 years of reliability. Today’s Corolla is a flexible machine, available in sedan or hatchback, gas or hybrid, and with optional four-wheel drive (AWD); the 2023 Corolla starts at $21,550, plus $1,095 to ship.

Highlights Toyota Corolla

Strong safety scores: The Corolla earns 5 stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Note that these are scores for the 2022 model, but there have been few mechanical changes, so we expect the 2023 to achieve the same scores. Corollas are nothing but predictable.

Optional hybrid powertrain, hatchback model: Corolla buyers have the option of a hybrid powertrain good for 47 mpg in combined driving. It’s not much more expensive than the gas model, starting at $22,800. The hybrid is available with AWD — a rarity in this class. There is also a hatchback body style starting at $22,965.

Legendary trade-in value: The Corolla is one of the most recognized numbers in the automotive world, and its renowned reliability has consistently led to some of the strongest resale values ​​on the market.

Check out this week’s Fair purchase price or view the Corolla models for sale near you.


The Forte and Corolla are both compact 4-door sedans with 4-cylinder engines and continuously variable transmissions (CVT) as standard. Both offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard.


We can make a strong financial case for the 2023 Kia Forte or the 2023 Toyota Corolla — the Corolla with its trade-in value and the Forte with its 10-year powertrain warranty. But the Forte is more affordable on every level and still available with an engaging manual transmission. Corolla buyers can choose a hybrid option and even an AWD hybrid, but they will have to spend more to get it.


2023 Kia Forte Toyota Corolla 2023
Starting price $19,490 $21,550
Popular powertrains
Engine 2.0-litre 4-cylinder 2.0-litre 4-cylinder
horsepower 147 hp @ 6,200 rpm 169 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Couple 132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm 151 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transfer CVT CVT
Fuel economy 35 mpg combined (31 city/41 highway) 35 mpg combined (32 city/41 highway)
Also available 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder; 6-speed manual transmission; 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission 1.8-litre 4-cylinder hybrid, hatchback model
Guarantee 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA General Safety 4 stars 5 stars
Maximum seating capacity 5 5
wheelbase 106.3 inches 106.3 inches
Total length 182.7 in 182.5 inches
Width 70.9 inches 70.1 inches
Height 56.5 inches 56.5 inches
turning diameter: 34.8 feet 35.6 feet
Headroom, front 38.8 inches 38.3 inches
Headroom, rear 37.5 inches 37.1 inches
Legroom, front 42.2 inches 42.0 in
Legroom, rear 35.7 inches 34.8 inches
Shoulder room, front 56.1 inches 54.0 inches
Shoulder room, rear 55.3 inches 51.7 inches
EPA passenger volume 96.0 cubic feet 88.6 cubic feet
EPA freight volume 15.3 cubic feet 13.1 cubic feet